Download e-book for iPad: Japanese documentary film : the Meiji era through Hiroshima by Abe Mark Nornes

By Abe Mark Nornes

ISBN-10: 0816640459

ISBN-13: 9780816640454

ISBN-10: 0816640467

ISBN-13: 9780816640461

A prehistory of the japanese documentary --
The innovation of Prokino --
A hardening of favor --
Stylish charms: whilst not easy sort turns into challenging truth --
The final stand of conception --
Kamei Fumio: modifying stressed --
After apocalypse: obliteration of the kingdom.

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In the wake of the SinoJapanese War in 1895, antiforeigner sentiment grew in China. A group known as the Boxers were particularly violent and began to threaten Beijing by 1900. A seven-power force entered to suppress the movement. These geopolitical developments occurred just as the Yoshizawa camera shop in Tokyo began turning cinema into a capitalized business. The Yoshizawa cameramen shot films, built word-of-mouth reputations with big-city runs, and sold prints to entrepreneurs in other parts of the country.

By the beginning of the 1920s, with the ceaseless expansion of the Japanese A PREHISTORY OF THE JAPANESE DOCUMENTARY 13 film industry, many people began to worry about the new medium’s effects on the nation’s youth. The Education Ministry had already recognized the potential of motion pictures for the ministry’s project of enlightened education of Japan’s young citizens—arguably the most dangerous influence imaginable for film—and it sponsored a major exhibition of motion pictures at Ochanomizu Museum.

Courtesy of Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival, Tokyo Office. shots within a given film grew, the camera angles and spatial manipulation increased as well. The filmmakers shot staged scenes from a variety of angles and from positions distanced from the action in order to achieve the reality effect found in on-the-spot reportage. Both the constructed and fake news films were predicated on their (re)construction of reality through human labor, or, as Komatsu puts it, they both took the reality of a historical event and made this their object.

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